Undergraduate course

Studies in Early Italian Literature

Level of Study


Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

The course aims to provide the students with a broad and deep understanding of Italian literature and history of ideas. The required reading includes texts from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Students will develop a critical and independent understanding of early Italian literature.

During the course, the students will also be taught fundamental techniques of textual analysis.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course:



- will have gained insight into the works on the reading list

- will be familiar with the cultural and historical contexts of the works

- will be familiar with central literary terms


The students

- will be capable of applying literary terms in independent analyses of works on the reading list

- will be capable of analysing texts thematically as well as in cultural and historical perspectives

- will be able to discuss, both orally and in writing, problems connected to works on the reading list

- is capable of expressing his/her knowledge of the field in both written and spoken Italian

General compentence

The student

- is capable of planning and carrying out work spanning a somewhat substantial period of time.

- is capable of further developing his/her knowledge, skills and understanding through additional studies and in his/her professional career

Required Previous Knowledge

Students must have oral and written proficiency in Italian at an intermediate level, such as that acquired from the basic courses ITAL111-114.

Access to the Course

The course is open to all students with admission to the University of Bergen.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and seminars

4 hours per week for 12 weeks

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

The term paper is to be supervised, and students are required to attend two obligatory sessions of supervision in order to submit the term paper for assessment.

During the semester, each student must complete an oral presentation of around 15 minutes, connected to topics in the reading list. The presentation is evaluated as a pass or fail. The presentation must be approved and the supervision must be completed in the same semester as the exam.

Coursework is valid only for the semester in which the course is taught.

Forms of Assessment

Assessment in the course has two components:

1. A supervised term paper due to be submitted by 15 May (or the first business day after this date), comprising c. 4,000 - 5,000 words. The term paper must be written in Italian.

2. An oral examination where the discussion may deal with any topic taken from the course reading list.

The term paper and the oral examination count towards 40% and 60% of the final grade, respectively. Candidates whose term papers are awarded an F may not attend the oral examination. Candidates who are awarded an F at the oral examination are awarded a final grade of F in the course as a whole. In order to achieve a passing grade, students must pass both components of the course in the same semester.

The term paper satisfies the requirements for independent scholarly work stipulated for the Bachelor degree.

Examination Support Material


Grading Scale

The grading scale A-F is used, where F is a fail.

Assessment Semester


Reading List

The reading list may be found online at Mitt UiB.

It is recommended that students acquire more in-depth knowledge of the authors whose works are represented on the reading list. Surveys may be found in literary histories, encyclopedia and in commentaries to the works on the reading list. The reading list will be available by 1 June for the Autumn semester, and 1 December for the Spring semester.

Programme Committee

The Program Board is responsible for the academic content and structure of the study program, and for the quality of all the subjects therein.

Course Administrator

The Department of Foreign Languages at the Faculty of Humanities has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study programme.


Contact Information


Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Term paper and oral examination

    Withdrawal deadline
    • Exam part: Oral examination

    • Exam part: Term paper

      Submission deadline
      15.05.2018, 13:00
      Examination system
      Digital exam